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Our Team

A special group of men and women – from bankers and business owners to marketing executives and community leaders/volunteers – was enlisted to help craft a magazine that is interesting and informative.

 

501 LIFE is designed with individuals in the 501 area code in mind – from Van Buren and Cleburne counties in the north to Garland and Hot Spring counties to the south. A quality publication in content and appearance, 501 LIFE is unique in Central Arkansas and meets an unmet need.

 

If you live in one of the counties with a 501 area code, then this magazine was created with you in mind.

 

Central Arkansas is rich in history, full of culture, and brimming with stories to be told.

 

With accurate and interesting features and a strong visual component in print and on our website, the magazine has widespread appeal and draws readers from throughout the state.

 

Welcome to a new way to look at and celebrate life in the 501.

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Co-owner 501 Advertising and Publishing/Publisher of 501 LIFE

A native of New Iberia, La., Sonja is a graduate of Hartman High School (Johnson County) and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

Sonja is active in the community, serving on various boards and committees including the Conway Regional Women’s Council, the UCA Reynolds Community Council and the Faulkner County Council on Aging.

A daughter of Mary and Stan Clinesmith of Conway, she has three younger sisters, Tricia, Stacey and Lori. Sonja and her husband, Tom, have four grown children – James, Emily, Laura and Joe.

The family attends Grace United Methodist Church in Conway.

Sonja Keith

Owner/Editor
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Co-owner 501 Advertising and Publishing/Publisher of 501 LIFE

A lifelong Greenbrier resident, Donna graduated from Greenbrier High School and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. She has two sons, Justin and Wesley Spears, two grandchildren, Madison Spears, 15, and Weston Spears, 8, all of Greenbrier.

After working many years in the corporate world of advertising and marketing, she is now fulfilling her dream as co-owner of 501 Advertising and Publishing – 501 LIFE magazine.

Donna Spears

Owner
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Levi Gilbert is 501 LIFE’s associate editor, which simply means he does a little bit of everything. Levi lives in Conway with his wife, Brittany, and their three children.

Levi Gilbert

Associate Editor
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Nick Walker has been designing 501 LIFE since the first issue. Longtime residents of the 501, Nick and his wife, Jennifer, moved in 2017 to Memphis where he works for the City of Memphis.

Nick Walker

Art Director
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Jeremy Higginbotham

Design
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Mike Kemp is a Conway-based portrait and commercial photographer. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association, and specializes in making people look their best. You can find Mike's work at mikekempphoto.com.

Mike Kemp

Photo Director
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Tom Keith

Distribution
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Donna Benton is a maker of custom home furnishings and specializes in classic painted finishes for antique and vintage furniture. You can see her work at WaterHouseMarket.com.

Donna Benton

Contributor
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Recognized throughout the state as an accomplished chef, Don Bingham has authored cookbooks, presented television programs and planned elaborate events. He is the former administrator at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion.

Don Bingham

Contributor
Tanner Cangelosi

An alum of the University of Central Arkansas, Tanner owns her own business – neonsouthernlady.blogspot.com – and has done a variety of projects,
from individual home décor items to painting murals in private residences.

Tanner Cangelosi

Contributor
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Brittany Gilbert is a former FACS teacher at Maumelle High School. She and her husband, Levi, have three children and live in Conway.

Brittany Gilbert

Contributor
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Laurie Green is a longtime 501 resident and one-half of The Green Team lawncare business she shares with her husband, Will. Weekends are spent as a greeter and a lifegroup leader at NLC in Greenbrier.

Laurie Green

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Linda Henderson is a lifelong resident of the 501. On the weekends, she and her husband, Jim, travel the 501 and other areas of Arkansas. They have found the 501 has so much to offer for weekend fun and beauty to photograph.

Linda Henderson

Contributor
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A native of Conway, Vivian Lawson Hogue graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in art education. A retired teacher, she worked in the Conway School District for 23 years.

Vivian Lawson Hogue

Contributor
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Megan Ledbetter is a senior journalism and marketing student at Harding Univeristy in Searcy, where she is also the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Petit Jean yearbook. You can see her work and keep up with her at megannicholephotography.com.

Megan Ledbetter

Contributor
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Karl Lenser

Contributor
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Georgie McCarthy

Contributor
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Mark Oliver

Contributor
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Todd Owens

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Bill Patterson

Contributor
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Susan Peterson holds a PhD in education and taught at the University of Central Arkansas and Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. She is the executive secretary of the Arkansas Reading Association.

Susan Peterson

Contributor
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Robin Richards takes the studio out of portrait photography and puts it into fun and festive surroundings through her photography business, Festivals of Arkansas Event Photography, or FARE Pix. She and her husband, Joel, often partner at photography events.

Robin Richards

Contributor
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Jan Spann

Contributor
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Donna Lampkins Stephens

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Callie Sterling is the co-owner of Sterling Imageworks Photography. She has a journalism degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Her work can be viewed at sterlingimageworks.com.

Callie Sterling

Contributor
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Jason Sterling

Contributor
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A native of Conway, Katelin Whiddon is a family nurse practitioner at Central Arkansas Pediatrics. She and her husband, Daniel, have two daughters. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, she has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Katelin Whiddon

Contributor
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Bob Reising retired from the University of Central Arkansas in December 2013 after more than six decades in education. He and his wife, Judy, live in Conway.

Bob Reising

Contributor
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A long-time Conway resident, Beth McCullough Jimmerson is the marketing coordinator for Conway Corp. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas.

Beth Jimmerson

Contributor
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Equal parts dreamer and doer, Jennifer Godwin has been with 501 LIFE since the beginning, helping with the visual look of the magazine, down to the logo. A former editor, digital strategist and communications manager, she now does PR in Memphis, where she lives with her husband, Nick.

Jennifer Godwin

Contributor